Cecilia Vaisman

Homelands' co-founder Cecilia Vaisman is a former NPR staff producer who has produced radio features and documentaries from Central and South America, the Caribbean, South Asia, and the USA. She has reported extensively on identity and women's issues, the environment, and development. A co-executive producer for the Homelands series "World Views," Cecilia was also senior producer for "Vanishing Homelands" and "Searching for Solutions," and project director of the Spanish and Portuguese language versions of "Searching for Solutions."

Cecilia has received the Clarion Award and the National Federation of Community Broadcasters' Golden Reel Award, as well as two Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Awards for reporting on the disadvantaged. A series she co-produced on AIDS in Brazil won her an Armstrong Award. She produced the documentary series When the Rainforest Burns, and created Argentina's first radio documentary news program for Radio América in Buenos Aires.

Cecilia was born in Argentina and emigrated as a child to northern New Jersey. A graduate in Latin American Studies at Barnard College, she, her husband, and two children returned to the US in 2007 after five years in Havana. After a year as a Visiting Fellow at the Helen Kellogg Institute for International Studies at the Univerisity of Notre Dame, she joined the staff of Chicago Public Media (WBEZ) as project editor overseeing coverage of the Great Lakes region. She now teaches audio documentary at the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.

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Selected Works


Alicia's Story

Family Planning in India

Visions of a Sustainable World

Women's Empowerment in India

Brazil Sterilization

The Cross of Juárez

Homelands Regained

Sustainable Colonization


The Fire Within: Finding Islam in Prison

Picture Me Rolling: Portrait of Shomari Kress


Cuba No Libre